Native Americans For Obama
STRENGTHENING TRIBAL ECONOMIES
The President signed into law the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which included more than $3 billion in direct funding for Indian Country that:
- Spurred job creation in tribal communities
- Helped tribal communities renovate schools on reservations
- Supported health facilities and policing services
- Improved housing and energy efficiency
The Obama Administration is also taking steps to provide the most significant and comprehensive reforms to Indian land leasing in 50 years. The administration is working to reform and streamline regulations on business leasing, residential leasing and renewable energy development on Indian trust land.
MAKING HEALTH CARE AFFORDABLE FOR ALL NATIVE AMERICANS
When President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law in March 2010, he permanently authorized the Indian Health Care Improvement Act and made good on his word to work towards improving the gaping health care disparities faced by Native Americans.
The Indian Health Service provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives, who belong to 564 federally recognized tribes in 35 states.
ENHANCING THE ROLE OF TRIBES IN EDUCATION
- The President is calling for changes to existing education law that would fund Native language restoration and immersion programs in our schools
- The president signed into law historic student loan reforms that better invest in our students and remove big banks as middlemen in the student-lending industry. This law also provided $300 million for Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities to strengthen and support these institutions.
- The President signed an executive order to expand educational opportunities for all American Indian and Alaska Native students, including opportunities to learn their Native languages, cultures, and histories.
BUILDING STRONGER TIES TO TRIBAL COMMUNITIES
President Obama is committed to regular and meaningful engagement with Indian country, including unprecedented federal consultation with tribal leaders.
- President Obama has held an Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference every year since taking office, leading to greater consultation between tribes and the federal government and helping shape policy priorities..
- Tribal communities have key personnel advising the President on policies affecting their communities
- President Obama endorsed the United Nations declaration of the rights of indigenous peoples.
RESTORING TRIBAL HOMELANDS
- Through 2011, more than 157,000 acres of land has been taken into trust status on behalf of Indian tribes and individuals—an increase of 130,000 acres from what was acquired between 2005 and 2008.
- President Obama approved an unprecedented package of four water settlements benefiting seven tribes in Arizona, Montana and New Mexico—the Crow and, White Mountain Apache Tribes and the Pueblos of Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Taos and Tesuque.